Gerald Swindle is a tinkerer with a very creative mind for modifying fishing accessories to make them function more efficiently and perform more effectively.
Couple “G-Man’s” mechanical mind with two Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year titles, and a rich history as part of the Quantum family, and you’ve got a recipe for building a great series of rods at a price reflective of his humble beginnings.
Actually he designed (5) G-Force rods made of best-in-the-business 30-ton Toray™ graphite for a series of sticks with great sensitivity, plenty of backbone, and enough forgiveness in the tip on certain models for lures like topwater poppers and shallow crankbaits.
Swindle’s creations include a 6’ 9” for poppers and small crankbaits, a 7-footer he calls his all-around workhorse for spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and Zara Spooks, as well as a 7’ 2” rod he’s calling the best chatterbait rod he’s ever thrown, a 7’ 4” rod for swimjigs and frogs, and a 7’ 6” fast-action pitchin’ stick.
All rods are just $99, and Swindle is already using them in Bassmaster Elite Series competition to cash way bigger checks than that.
Bob Bagby and Chris Littau have nearly 50 combined years of service at Quantum. Both are avid anglers with engineering degrees and straight-shooting personalities, and both are calling the new Smoke Series Three “S3” the greatest baiticasting reel platform Quantum has ever built.
That’s a mouthful, especially at a retail price of $169 that won’t choke avid anglers, and frankly, given the 18 Performance Tuned technologies Quantum built into this reel, it’s a very strong value at that price.
Strike King Report
The all-new KVD Supa Fry has been added to the Strike King finesse soft plastics lineup.
“The 4.5-inch, ringed Supa Fry has a floating action, good for wacky rigging or on Carolina rigs and is designed to get bites when times are tough,” says Elite Pro Todd Faircloth.
The 4.5” KVD Supa Fry comes in 17 Open Pour Technology (OPT) colors.